The last book the great scholar and theologian Marcus Borg wrote dealt with three things; Memories, Conversions, and Convictions. Over the next few weeks we will travel with Dr. Borg one more time as we honor his wisdom-a wisdom that still speaks in our lives, even after his death this year. As we look back on the life, death, and life from death of Jesus, together we will listen for the way forward as we strive to become more rooted to the deep convictions that can actually lead to transformation and renewal, both for our ourselves and our world.
Throughout this season, we will be exploring A Hidden Wholeness, by Parker Palmer. In this work, Palmer speaks to our yearning to live undivided lives. Palmer describes a form of community that creates “circles of trust” as “a space between us that honors the soul,” he shows how people in settings ranging from friendship to organizational life can support each other on the journey toward living “divided no more.” A Hidden Wholeness weaves together themes that its author has pursued for over forty years: the shape of an integral life, the meaning of community, teaching and learning for transformation, and nonviolent social change. We look forward to rich and deep conversations as we explore a hidden wholeness within our community and world.
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In this season of Epiphany, as we start a new year, we begin our series that invites us to reimagine our interconnectedness with all that surrounds us. John Phillip Newell invites us ‘to dream together of a reborn Christianity that might again carry great blessing for the world and usher in the emergence of a new well-being for the earth.’ Join us over these next several weeks as we reconnect and dream together of the blessing we might become for our world.
Enjoy the beauty of Christmas at National Avenue this year and invite friends and family to join you at our special services. Two worship services are scheduled for December 24th. The first service at 7:00 pm will be a traditional Christmas Eve Service and will give our children an opportunity to participate in the retelling of the Christmas Story. The second service at 11:00pm will be a Candlelight Communion Service and will follow the high liturgical traditions of our faith in this quiet, meditative service. We look forward to seeing you at one of these services as we celebrate once again, the birth of Jesus.
This Sunday we will Set the Table once more. Each week we have been invited to consider how we are transformed as we gather around the Table each Sunday in worship. This Sunday we have the opportunity as a community of faith to offer estimates for the investment we feel led to make for resourcing the things we are being called to do as a congregation. We will place these estimates in the Chest of Giving this Sunday.
After worship we will share together in our annual community Thanksgiving Celebration. This year’s event, in addition to a beautiful meal, will include a hymn sing, the drawing for the Justice raffle items, and the celebration of Jeanne Gamble’s 95th birthday! As we prepare to gather around these tables of community, bring your favorite Thanksgiving pie or dessert to share and a pair a socks as part of our offering. All are welcome!